Shellfish Harvesting Closed In Parts Of Washington State

All shorelines in King County and some beaches in Pierce and Thurston counties have been closed to recreational shellfish harvesting because of paralytic shellfish poison, according to the state Department of Health.

King County health officials are posting advisories along beaches and harbors, warning people against collecting clams, oysters, mussels, scallops and other species of mollusks in those areas. Crabs and shrimp are not covered.

Commercial beaches are sampled separately and commercial products should be safe to eat, officials said.

In Pierce County, shorelines along Colvos Passage, in Commencement Bay and in the Tacoma Narrows south to the Thurston County line, including Carr Inlet, Hale Passage and Wollochet Bay, are closed to all species of shellfish harvesting.

To read the rest of the story, please go to: The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA)